Who else has tried implementing RFID technology, and how did it work for them? Implementing RFID can completely overhaul a company's business practices. For prescription drug maker Purdue Pharma, who incorporated RFID into its supply chain in 2003, it took months of experimenting to figure out the best way to place the microchips on its pill bottles. The Stamford, Conn.-based drug manufacturer continues to assess how RFID technology is helping to reduce the number of stolen shipments. Tyson Foods is another company that switched to RFID tracking to meet Wal-Mart's requirements. The food distributor determined that it wouldn't be financially viable to put an RFID tag on every box being shipped out of its centers. Instead, it uses a 'slap and ship' method, which allows companies to meet the minimum requirement.
"It's not difficult to become compliant," Woods said. "The bar for compliance is not that high."
One study says baby steps are best when it comes to deploying RFID:
Study: RFID baby steps are best
Click here for a two-part question and answer session with Taylor Erickson, a supply chain and ERP expert in Deloitte Consulting's SAP practice:
SAP RFID projects: RFID planning and implementation
RFID compliance, technology and ROI
HOW TO BUILD A BUSINESS CASE FOR RFID
Getting started: What is RFID?
Getting started: RFID evaluation: Can RFID technology work for you?
Getting started: Determining the benefits of RFID for your business
Getting started: Selecting the right RFID software vendor for your business needs
Building the case: SAP and RFID: Incorporating RFID in ERP software
Building the case: What other companies are implementing RFID technology?
Building the case: What factors are holding up RFID adoption?
Building the case: How do I calculate ROI for RFID?